POLK COUNTY, Fla. - After a
monthlong investigation, Polk County deputies said they have charged more than a dozen people who have been accused of being involved in a chop shop operation out of Auburndale.
Deputies arrested Brent Burgett, who they referred to as "the Boss."
According to investigators, Burgett is responsible for running a chop shop.
"We are coming at these folks with a vengeance," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a news conference Friday afternoon.
Ten of the 14 people charged during the operation were charged with racketeering, which can mean a maximum 30-year sentence.
Investigators said the group is considered to be a very organized enterprise.
Judd described how everyone had a very specific assigned job.
Investigators said that at one point, the businesses bank account had as much as $100,000 in profits.
"That is what encourages burglars to do more and more burglaries," said Judd.
"We are going to break up rings in this county," said Judd.